Wright's 28 points Lift IU Over OSU
January 20, 2004Columbus, Ohio- Capturing its fourth road game and third consecutive win of the season, the Indiana Hoosiers triumphed over the Ohio State Buckeyes, 69-61 at the Value City Arena in Columbus in front of a crowd of 15,453 Tuesday night.
With the victory the Hoosiers improve to 9-6 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten, while Ohio State slips to 9-8 on the campaign and 1-3 in conference play.
For the first twelve minutes of play, the two teams were neck and neck, with the scoring margin never exceeding five. The Hoosiers used solid ball movement during the next several minutes and were able to set sophomores Bracey Wright and Marshall Strickland up for back-to-back three-pointers to give the Hoosiers a 10 -5 lead at the 14:46 mark.
Indiana then went on a 9-0 run and enjoyed an eleven-point lead, 24-13, its largest lead of the first stanza, thanks to key plays from Wright, Strickland and senior George Leach.
Things took a bit of a turn as Ohio State answered with a 6-0 run of their own, and began to take Indiana out of its offensive rhythm. The Hoosiers were held to a scoreless drought for over four minutes, but still led 26-22 to close out the half.
The second half was no different from the first as both teams battled on the hardwood and the score became tied on five different occasions. Playing without the presence of Leach, who racked up his fourth foul of the game just five minutes into the second-half, the Hoosiers did a good job of applying pressure underneath despite their height disadvantage. With Leach back in the line-up, Indiana is now 3-0.
Ohio State took its first lead of the contest since they led 5-4 at the16:41 mark, after Terence Dials sank two free throws with nine minutes remaining. The Buckeyes continued to roll, bringing the game to within three, 59-56, due to a flood of Hoosier turnovers down the stretch. Indiana's five-straight turnovers, could have cost them the game, however, key free-throws from Leach and Wright kept them in the contest and allowed the Hoosiers to pull away with the victory.
Wright had a stellar outing for the Hoosiers, finishing the night with 28 points, including a 10-for-11 effort from the free-throw line as well as going 4-for-7 from behind the arc. Strickland also pitched in with double-digit scoring, contributing 19 points of his own. Strickland hardly missed a shot all night as he went a perfect 3-for-3 from the three-point line and 4-4 from the charity stripe. Moye and Leach also helped the cause with nine points apiece. Leach finished with four blocks.
The Buckeyes were led by Dials who poured in 19 points and Velimir Radinovic who finished with16 points and eight rebounds.
The Cream and Crimson shot a solid 50 percent from three-point range (7-for-14) while
the Buckeyes shot just 12.5 percent. Ohio State out-rebounded Indiana, 34-31.
As part of a half-time special to celebrate 25 years of NCAA college basketball, ESPN announced the Big Ten Silver Anniversary team with Indiana's own Steve Alford, who played from 1983-1987, making an appearance on the list as one of the five players chosen.
The Hoosiers return to action on Saturday, Jan. 24, when they travel to Minnesota to take on the Golden Gophers. Tip-off is slated for 4:37 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN Plus Local. The game can also be heard on the IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (p-b-p), Todd Leary (analysis) and Joe Smith (pre game, halftime, post game) on the call.
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